Spunk Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do the men in Chapter 2 feel toward Spunk?

2. How does Joe's size compare to Spunk's?

3. What does Lena say about the house she lives in now?

4. Who does Spunk send home in Chapter 2?

5. What do the men hear in the beginning of Chapter 2?

Short Essay Questions

1. Are there any surprise guests at Spunk's wake? Why is it a surprise?

2. How does Joe react when Spunk seduces Lena? Do you think he would have reacted differently if Spunk had not been so intimidating?

3. What sort of supernatural twist does Hurston give her story?

4. From what perspective is Chapter 2 told? Why is this important?

5. What does Walter think about Spunk killing Joe?

6. When Joe enters the store in Chapter 1, how is he treated?

7. How does Spunk's occupation seem to be appropriate for his character?

8. What is the resolution of Hurston's story?

9. How do others in the town treat Spunk? Why do they treat him this way?

10. What role do Walter and Elijah play in this story?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Hurston incorporate the concept of man versus self in the novel? Which character do you think is the best example of man versus self, and why?

Essay Topic 2

Which character in Hurston's book is most likable? Why? Which character do you like the least? What is it about that particular character that causes you to dislike him or her?

Essay Topic 3

What do you think is the main theme of Hurston's book? Identify at least three events in "Spunk" that communicate this theme.

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